Water Softener

Whole home water softener systems do a wonder for your home. They make your water taste better, protect your appliances, and make it so that when you bathe, you don’t have that filmy feeling when you step out of the shower. 

However, once you install a whole home water softener, that isn’t the end of the journey. These water softeners require very little maintenance; they do require some. Most notably, you will have to change the filter on your water softener. 

How do you know it’s time to replace your filter? Read on, and we will tell you the signs you need to change your home water softener filter. 

Whole Home Water Softener Lifespan

Before we go into detail about the signs you should look for to change the filter of your whole home water softener filter, you should make sure that you don’t need to replace your whole home water softener itself. Generally, this appliance should last anywhere between 8 to 12 years. 

It’s good to know the signs of whether you need a new filter or system for several reasons. First, the water softener service cost can be expensive. If you know what signs to look out for, you might be able to save some money. Of course, if you need a whole new system, you’ll want a trained professional. 

It’s also important because if you know the signs of lesser functionality, you will know when to change your filter. 

Signs You Need to Change Your Filter

The factors that could force you to change your filter will be very similar to the signs that you need a whole home water softener in the first place. However, once you get used to having water to your liking, you may have forgotten some of the signs. If you notice any of these, it is good to change your filter quickly, as hard water can do a number on your appliances. 

1. Odor

This one is important because it might be slightly less noticeable than the other signs. You might know that it is time to replace water softener filter if your water has a metallic or chemical smell to it. That means that the filter you currently have is no longer working, and it is time to replace the filter with a new one. 

2. Showers Are Different

When you have hard water, showers feel different. When you wash your hair, it won’t have that same silky smooth quality. Your skin will dry out easier. This is because the calcium and magnesium in hard water react to the chemical makeup of your soft, rendering it less effective and giving you less of a clean feel. 


3. Water Pressure Changes

This could signify that you need to change your filter or possibly your whole home water softener system. One of the consequences of hard water is that it causes a chemical build-up in your home’s pipes, which can diminish the water pressure you get around the house. A new filter can help this, but it is something to keep an eye on as soon as you notice. 


4. Faded Clothing

Hard water is a nuisance because it can affect everything in your home. This is true for laundry as well. If you notice your clothes coming out of the washing looking a little more faded than usual, it could signify that hard water is seeping back into your life. Not only is this bad for your laundry, but also for your washing machine. You will want to change your water filter right away. 


5. Taste

Anyone who has lived with hard water knows it just tastes funny. So, if you have gotten used to the delicious tap water, and suddenly your water starts to taste funky again, it’s a surefire way to know that it’s time to change your whole home water softener system filter. 

If you are interested in a Rainsoft water filter or want to learn more about a whole home water softener system, please contact Rainsoft today!